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Survivor recounts massacre

Peter Crosswell

'He proceeded to shoot everybody'

April 30, 1996
Web posted at: 12:35 p.m. EDT (1635 GMT)

HOBART, Australia (CNN) -- Peter Crosswell was eating lunch with two women when three loud gunshots rang out. A concerned Crosswell rose from the table and moved to the front of the restaurant. As he did, a blond-haired man walked in with a high-powered rifle.

"He proceeded to shoot everybody," Crosswell said. (187K AIFF sound or 187K WAV sound)

"That guy just walked up to somebody and shot him dead from about three feet away. It's something I'll never forget," a bruised and distraught Crosswell said from his hospital bed, recounting Australia's worst massacre this century. (145K AIFF sound or 145K WAV sound)

In a separate room at the same hospital, suspected gunman Martin Bryant is being treated for burns and has been charged with one count of murder. Police say more charges will follow for the massacre of 35 people.

At one point, the gunman fired at Crosswell and the two ladies he was with. "He thankfully missed," Crosswell said.

The gunman, Crosswell explained, then noticed someone else moving and killed the man as he pleaded, "No! No!"

"Another person was screaming nearby. He just walked up and shot her," he said. (196K AIFF sound or 196K WAV sound)

After slowly walking through the restaurant and methodically gunning down patrons, (102K AIFF sound or 102K WAV sound) the man reloaded his gun and walked out.

"It was horrific," Crosswell said.

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